Parents begin to make choices for their children even before they are born, such as choosing the right pediatric dentist. The things the mother consumes during pregnancy can affect the child's health, and the same can be said about getting quality care during pregnancy.
When the child is born, parents need to figure how what to feed the child and how to instill good habits and discipline. The choices parents make during the early years will affect the child for the rest of their life.
Childcare tips from a pediatric doctor
1. Breastfeed if possible
While breastfeeding is not for all parents, it is a great way to bond with your child after birth. It also provides the child with the most natural form of nutrition possible. Breastfeeding requires dedication, time and devotion to providing natural food for the child. The doctor will evaluate the mother and determine whether breastfeeding is the best option.
2. Feed natural foods
It is best to avoid processed items that contain lots of sodium, sugar and unhealthy fats. It is better to make meals with real ingredients like:
- Vegetables and fresh fruit
- Lean meats
- Leafy greens
3. Do not use vitamin supplements
Children can get all the vitamins they need by consuming vitamin-rich foods. Most children do not need vitamin supplements. If you are not sure if your child is getting all their essential nutrients, then you should talk to a pediatric doctor.
4. Do not make your child finish their plate
Most people have parents who forced them to finish up their meals when they were young, but that is not good for the child. Most of the time, when a child says they are full, it is not to avoid eating their veggies. It is because their stomach is telling them they are full. If you are worried about your kids missing out on healthy vegetables, then you should make them eat those first during meals.
5. Encourage activity
There is an old saying, “A healthy body, leads to a healthy mind.” Physical activity keeps children healthy, and it sets them up for a healthy life. Doctors typically recommend about 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Encourage your child to take part in sports programs at school.
6. Use sunscreen
Sunlight can cause serious damage to a child's skin. It also increases the risk of skin cancer. Children over six months should use sunscreen, even for short period of direct sunlight.
7. Establish good oral health
Taking proper care of your child's teeth and gums goes a long way when it comes to keeping them healthy over the course of their lives. Tooth decay and gum disease are the two most common dental issues, and they can be kept away with good oral hygiene. Your child should also visit a dentist at least twice each year for checkups.
Following these tips will keep your young ones healthy. Please contact one of our pediatric doctors if you have any other concerns.